• IPA: /ˈpæʃənɪt/, /ˈpæʃənət/


  1. Given to strong feeling, sometimes romantic, sexual, or both.
  2. Fired with intense feeling.
    • 1718, Matthew Prior, Solomon, and other Poems on several Occasions, Preface, in Samuel Johnson (editor), The Works of the English Poets, London: J. Nichols, Volume 31, 1779, p. 93,
      Homer intended to shew us, in his Iliad, that dissentions amongst great men obstruct the execution of the noblest enterprizes […] His Achilles therefore is haughty and passionate, impatient of any restraint by laws, and arrogant of arms.
  3. (obsolete) Suffering; sorrowful.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, The Life and Death of King John, II. i. 544:
      She is sad and passionate at your highness’ tent.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, I. ii. 124:
      Poor, forlorn Proteus, passionate Proteus,
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passionate (plural passionates)

  1. A passionate individual.

passionate (passionates, present participle passionating; past and past participle passionated)

  1. (obsolete) To fill with passion, or with another given emotion.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.xii:
      Great pleasure mixt with pittifull regard, / That godly King and Queene did passionate [...].
  2. (obsolete) To express with great emotion.
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus, III. ii. 6:
      Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands / And cannot passionate our tenfold grief / with folded arms.

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